Posts Tagged ‘Business’

  • The Hot Deal
    Posted by on March 3rd, 2015 at 10:04 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday the NASDAQ ($QQQ) hit 5000.  Hasn’t been here in 15 years.  My friend Brian Lund had a nice write up about the differences between […]

  • Following On In Early Stage Financing
    Posted by on February 20th, 2015 at 8:32 am, Comments: 0

    Fred Wilson has written about USV’s policy on following onto rounds.  It’s a controversial topic so he has actually written a lot about it.  Should […]

  • Are You The Right Investor?
    Posted by on February 17th, 2015 at 5:27 am, Comments: 0

    The last couple of days I have written about investing in companies from the entrepreneurs perspective.  What are bad and good investors. What about the […]

  • Where To Find Money If You Are A Startup
    Posted by on February 10th, 2015 at 6:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you are a startup, how do you find money?  The other day when I spoke to a class at Chicago Booth we discussed it. […]

  • Should Startups Ever Merge?
    Posted by on February 9th, 2015 at 8:36 am, Comments: 0

    The other day Semil Shah wrote an interesting post about “Juggernauts“.  In it, he opined about some very large “startup’ companies like Uber, Dropbox and […]

  • What Are Seed Investors Looking For?
    Posted by on February 6th, 2015 at 9:36 am, Comments: 0

    Recently I gave a little talk at Chicago Booth. I spoke to Prof Mike Moyer‘s class about funding and seed investing.  Instead of “Death by […]

  • Chicago, You Scored a TD. Act Like Walter Payton
    Posted by on January 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 am, Comments: 0

    Recently, I have read a couple of articles about the startup scene in Chicago.  In one, Kelly Raymond makes some excellent arguments about why Chicago […]

  • What To Do About Dead Equity On The Cap Table
    Posted by on January 22nd, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    This is a topic that isn’t talked about enough.  There are few blogs on it.  But, it’s important because it happens a lot.  It also […]

  • It’s About Effort, Not Difficulty
    Posted by on January 12th, 2015 at 9:10 am, Comments: 0

    Raising children to understand how effort affects outcome is important.  I think successful entrepreneurs understand the connection.  The more we raise our kids to understand […]

  • When Will US Companies Scream About The Dollar?
    Posted by on January 5th, 2015 at 7:12 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that businesses watch carefully is the value of the US dollar.  One of the shining parts of the American economy over […]

  • Younger Generation Engaging Less in Entrepreneurial Efforts
    Posted by on January 3rd, 2015 at 8:49 am, Comments: 0

    The trend is clear.  Younger people used to start a lot more entrepreneurial type businesses in years past than they do today.  Only 3.6% of […]

  • Novel First Round Funding Idea as Alternative to Convertible Debt
    Posted by on December 20th, 2014 at 8:44 am, Comments: 0

    Most startups these days use convertible debt for first round funding.  Typically, they do a deal that looks like this: $3-$5M cap on the note […]

  • Discrimination Costs Money
    Posted by on December 16th, 2014 at 8:29 am, Comments: 0

    Over the past year, I have seen more articles on discrimination than I have seen ever before.  Obviously, Ferguson and NYC.  But, I have seen […]

  • Who Is The Keeper of Your Brand?
    Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 8:53 am, Comments: 0

    Yesterday I saw this blog post from Spark Capital. It talks about one of their companies 1st Dibs, but delves into something deeper toward the […]

  • Doubling Down Feels Like More Risk, But It Isn’t
    Posted by on July 12th, 2014 at 10:18 am, Comments: 0

    Have you ever been to Vegas?  When you play blackjack do you double down, or do you save your money for the next hand?  At […]

  • How To Kill Your Company
    Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 8:25 am, Comments: 0

    2/Founders, sell too much of your own personal stock too quickly, alienating your employees and questioning your long-term commitment. — Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) July 8, […]

  • How Building a Startup and Building A Trading Operation Are Similar
    Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 6:39 am, Comments: 0

    One of the things that is certain, in trading you cannot beat the market.  In angel investing, or in starting a company you cannot pick […]

  • Where Does The VC Money Go?
    Posted by on June 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am, Comments: 0

    If you want to know where the money goes, look at data. The geography of US VC investment is not spread out. It goes to […]